Burnham Dragon Fleet End of Season

The Burnham Dragon Fleet ended their season in style with eleven boats slipping their moorings for Saturday afternoon racing – the first of two races to decide the Peter Matthews Memorial Trophy. With a weak flood tide and Easterly breeze, the fleet used the width of the river on the beat, with ‘Quicksilver VI’ (Rob, Can, Nick) just edging ‘Anarchy’ (Chip, Nicola, Rob) to Ron Pipe for the first of three visits. Running to Wallaseaness twice, the fleet continued to compete for position with the top five establishing a small gap to the remainder of the fleet. ‘Pageboy XI’ (Paul, Clive, Graeme) took the win from ‘Scorpio’ (Ian, Rene, Alex).

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club dining room looked spectacular on Saturday night for the 72 diners assembled for the Dragon end of season dinner and prize-giving. The house team delivered an impeccable service so huge thanks to Tony, Simon, Jodie, and all that contributed.

Noddy, summarised the 2018 season, his first as Fleet Captain, before issuing thanks to all those who contributed to the season, then handing out the silverware – trophy winners listed in full below. Nicola Hastwell won the Crew Race, Harriet won the crew nomination and the Hectic Seal was presented to Coral Trantor to whom we are grateful for posting race results for the RCYC for the last eight years. The star raffle prize, a Zhik jacket sponsored by Andy Ramsey at Yachting Solutions, was won by Rob Campbell.

Andy Moss and Leigh Turvey presented the Clanger trophy this year with much hilarity. Tables split into ten teams and were initially tasked with crafting a boating scene ‘Blue Peter’ style, before compere Andy Moss, selected four anxious contestants to take part in a heavily doctored edition of Mastermind, with specialist subjects selected to reflect each contestant’s clanger-worthy antics from the season. To say bookies favourite, Chip Cole, looked nervous was an understatement as we were reminded of his attempted finish on lap three of a four lap race. Outsider David Brown came in with a late nomination, and scooped up the least wanted award of the evening for questionable navigation towing his Dragon up a mountain in France.

Quite surprisingly, ten teams made it bleary-eyed to the start line on Sunday morning. The low winter sun made it difficult to see through the Genoa window and identify converging Starboard tacked boats. Good, clear and early hails of ‘Starboard!’ the order of the day.

‘Scorpio’ sailed into the lead on the first run to Wallaseaness but excellent work from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Peter, Katie, Mark) saw them earn ‘room’ at Wallaseaness the second time around and they took up the lead and held it to the finish. ‘Pageboy XI’ took the runner up spot and with that, the Peter Matthews Memorial Trophy presented in the bar by Peter’s son Charlie Matthews who had been racing on ‘Dax’ with Smithy and Harry.

We could not have rounded off our season any better. Thanks and well done to all who contributed.

The 2018 Burnham Dragon fleet winners are:

RCYC Spring Saturdays – Anarchy
RCYC Spring Sundays – Avalanche
Karl Marx Trophy – Beauty and the Beast
RBYC Whitsun Regatta – Avalanche
RCYC Summer Saturdays – Anarchy
RCYC Summer Sundays – Scorpio
Burnham Week BH Weekend – Sabbatical
Burnham Week Overall – Quicksilver VI
RCYC Carlton Platter – Sabbatical
RCYC Petticrow Open Series – Sabbatical
Crew Race – Nicola Hastwell in Anarchy
RCYC Newts Trophy – Scorpio
RCYC Candlesticks – Scorpio
Crew prize (nominations) – Harriet Davies
Motty Rankin Trophy – Andrew Moss
Seasons Points – Scorpio
Peter Matthews Memorial Trophy – Pageboy XI
Hectic Seal – Coral Trantor
Yachting Solutions Prize Draw – Robert Campbell